Year Company Founded: 1966
Year Logo Introduced: 1966
Logo Designer: Future Brand (2005)
Company Founders: United California Bank, Wells Fargo, Crocker National Bank, Bank of California
Born in 1966 as Master Charge, the first MasterCard logo featured a logotype of "We Honor Master Charge: The Interbank Card" layered over two overlapping circles, one bright orange and the other a burnt orange. In 1979, Master Charge: the Interbank Card was renamed MasterCard, and the change was accompanied by a new logo for the company that featured brighter colors and a bolder logotype. In 1996, the logo was redesigned into the now iconic logo, which features a 3D logotype. The overlaying circles are depicted through stripes of each color rather than a third orange color.